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WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE
English dramatist and poet
(1564 - 1616)
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If I should marry him, I should marry twenty husbands.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)
        [Husbands]

In Belmont is a lady richly left;
  And she is fair, and fairer than that word,
    Of wondrous virtues. Sometimes from her eyes
      I did receive fair speechless messages.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Bassanio at I, ii)
        [Eyes]

It is a good divine that follows his own instructions; I can easier teach twenty what were good to be done than to be one of the twenty to follow mine own teaching.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)
        [Preaching]

It is not mean happiness, therefore, to be seated in the mean; superfluity comes sooner by white hairs, but competency lives longer.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa at I, ii)
        [Age]

The brain may devise laws for the blood, but a hot temper leaps o'er a cold decree; such a hare is madness the youth to skip o'er the meshes of good counsel the cripple.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)
        [Anger]

When he is best he is a little worse than a man, and when he is worst he is little better than a beast.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Portia at I, ii)
        [Character]

You would be, sweet madam, if your miseries were in the same abundance as your good fortunes are; and yet for aught I see, they are as sick that surfeit with too much as they that starve with nothing.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Nerissa at I, ii)
        [Eating]

An evil soul producing holy witness
  Is like a villain with a smiling cheek,
    A goodly apple rotten at the heart.
      O what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Lying]

How like a fawning publican he looks.
  I hate him for he is a Christian;
    But more, for that in low simplicity
      He lends out money gratis and brings down
        The rate of usance here with us in Venice.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Hatred]

I would be friends with you and have your love,
  Forget the shames that you have stained me with,
    Supply your present wants, and take no doit
      Of usance for my moneys; and you'll not hear me.
        This is kind I offer.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Friends]

If thou wilt lend this money, lend it not
  As to thy friends--for when did friendship take
    A breed for barren metal of his friend?
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Friendship]

In a bondsman's key,
  With bated breath and whispering humbleness.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

Mark you this, Bassanio,
  The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Quotations]

My meaning in saying he is a good man is to have you understand me that he is sufficient.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Goodness]

O father Abram, what these Christians are,
  Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
    The thoughts of others!
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Christianity]

Oh what a goodly outside falsehood hath!
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

Still have I borne it with a patient shrug,
  For suff'rance is the badge of all our tribe.
    You call me misbeliever, cutthroat dog,
      And spit upon my Jewish gaberdine,
        And all for use of that which is mine own.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Jews : Patience]

Sufferance is the badge of all our tribe.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

The devil can cite Scripture for his purpose.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

The devil hath power
  To assume a pleasing shape.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

The Hebrew will turn Christian; he grows kind.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Antonio at I, iii)
        [Christianity]

Whose own hard dealings teaches them suspect
  The thoughts of others.
      - The Merchant of Venice (Shylock at I, iii)
        [Proverbs]

(Gobbo:) Lord worshipped might he be, what a beard hast thou got! Thou hast got more hair on thy chin than Dobbin my fill-horse has on his tail.
  (Launcelot:) It should seem then that Dobbin's tail grows backward. I am sure he had more hair of his tail than I have of my face when I last saw him.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Gobbo & Launcelot at II, ii) [Hair]

He that hath the grace of God, hath wealth enough.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii) [Proverbs]

In the end truth will out.
      - The Merchant of Venice
         (Launcelot at II, ii) [Proverbs]


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